AMHERST, Mass. (AP) – Veterans were protesting at a western Massachusetts college facing criticism from around the country for its decision to stop flying U.S. flags after students allegedly burned a flag in protest of Donald Trump’s presidential election.
Dozens of veterans and other demonstrators held American flags and chanted “U.S.A.” at Hampshire College in Amherst on Sunday, in what organizers called a “peaceful demonstration of freedom.”
College officials decided to indefinitely stop flying flags earlier this month after the main flag in the center of campus was burned after students lowered the banner to half-staff. Officials replaced the flag, but it was lowered again.
School officials say they welcome peaceful discussions about the flag decision.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and others at the rally said the school’s decision disrespects veterans and current military members.